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Archives Collection

Government Records

Man viewing heritage pictureThe Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office (TAHO) preserves and provides access to the wealth of historical material created by the Tasmanian Government and local councils. 

Conditions of access to government records are decided by the creating agency, but most records over 25 years old are freely available; some more recent records are also open to the public. Certain records - particularly those containing sensitive personal information - are restricted for longer periods. Some restricted records may be made available at the discretion of the State Archivist or on application to the creating agency. For information   on TAHO's services to Government see Government Recordkeeping.

Non-Government Records

TAHO also collects private records that have long term value to the community and document the political, social, cultural, economic and natural history of Tasmania.

Records of notable individuals as well as organisations such as churches, community groups, businesses, political parties, trade and professional associations, are of particular interest.

A collection of manuscripts relating to Launceston and north-eastern Tasmania is held in the Launceston LINC.

Conditions of access to private records are determined by the donors of the records.

For information on depositing personal or organisational records to TAHO see:

Accessing the Collection

Material in the archives collection can be identified and requested using Archives Search catalogue. The catalogue is added to and modified on a continuing basis.  We strongly encourage first-time users to consult the instructions.  TAHO also maintains a variety of guides and indexes to popular research topics.

The most frequently used records have been reproduced on microfilm. Many of these records are now being digitised and can be viewed online.